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I evaluate the role of feelings in (nonhuman) animal ethics. Firstly, I illustrate that animal ethics has been preoccupied with the search for morally relevant properties in nonhuman animals, and that many scholars have focused on sentience. Secondly, I argue that many have separated sentient vertebrates from insentient others, but that these dualistic ontologies face empirical and epistemological challenges. By engaging with these, my third objective is to develop an evolutionist ethical theory that values both the feelings of moral subjects and those of moral objects. To conclude, I outline its implications for the human use of animals for food.
Author(s): Deckers J
Editor(s): Noel Kavanagh
Publication type: Book Chapter
Publication status: Published
Book Title: Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society. Special Issue: Humans and Other Animals
Print publication date: 31/12/2018
Acceptance date: 31/12/2017
Publisher: Irish Philosophical Society
Place Published: Dublin
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